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Works well for what it is......
on December 28, 2013
OK, so it is a simple plastic "cold shoe"....... didn't we all know that when we bought this item? It works fine for me but I do not use them in "high stress" situations either. No, modern speedlights, with their proprietary spring-loaded locking pins will not lock on to this cold shoe. My SB-900 series speedlights slide into the cold shoe rather snugly; were the shoe any tighter, the speedlight would not fit. As many have mentioned, drilling (or melting with a wire) a small hole for the lock pin will solve that problem. I use PocketWizards however and they have knobs that tighten down (and release the pin) onto a shoe. Provided I snug down the knob on my FlexTT5s, I have not had them move on me.
Enough about what is or is not bad about them. They are small and allow me to quickly add light (especially background fill) from any light stand with minimal fuss. I am probably the only weird one about this but I do not like the contacts from my speedlights/x-ceivers on a metal surface. I feel it causes unneeded wear on the contacts and it makes me a bit uncomfortable, from an electrical point-of-view (not so much worried about an electrical short hitting the lightstand, I just don't like the communication contacts shorted-out to each other even if they are supposedly not in use). Using these plastic cold shoes provide me with that little bit extra peace of mind.
Oh, for the folks who have concerns about their larger speedlights slipping out of the shoe, I have a suggestion which might work for you......... Given the range of motion available on these speedlight units, if gravity is pulling the speedlight out of the shoe, why not just rotate the cold shoe over 180 degrees and then rotate the speedlight head to compensate? While I could envision a challenge with some units, in some setups, if you are using IR triggering, you have those very same challenges already. Maybe thinking "backwards" could be your solution!